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ODNR suggests "Goose Harassment" to control Canada geese

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BOARDMAN, Ohio - The Ohio Division of Wildlife recommends "Goose Harassment" to keep the bothersome birds away.

Every year as winter ends, Canada geese migrate back to the area with two things on their minds- nesting and mating. This makes them stubborn and sometimes aggressive towards their human neighbors.

But, like some other migratory birds, it's a federal crime to kill them outside of hunting season.

"It is illegal to mess with their eggs, their nest, or the goose themselves," said Bryan Kay, ODNR Division of Wildlife.

So if you can't kill them, how do you keep geese from tearing up yards, leaving their droppings, and making noise?

The Ohio Division of Wildlife held a seminar in Boardman Park, teaching people ways to fight back- the method they suggest "Goose Harassment."

In a video shown by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, they demonstrate the use of pyrotechnics to frighten away the geese.

"It shoots out what we call 'bird bangers' and 'bird screams," said Kay. "You just point it out there, shoot it, the projectile goes out, makes it's noise and the geese fly off the property."

Another tool for harassment: a laser pointer. Start by directing the laser several yards away from the geese, then slowly move the beam towards them. They'll usually take flight.

"You actually want them to take flight, get off your property because if all they do is get on the water it's not being very effective," said Kay. "They feel safe on the water, there's no predators."

With any method of goose harassment, being consistent and persistent will better your chances of keeping the bothersome birds away.

But if you continue to have a problem, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources can issue free permits to kill or relocate the geese.

 

Additional information can be found by clicking the link below:

www.wildlife.ohiodnr.gov

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